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yester

[ yes-ter ]
/ ˈyɛs tər /
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adjective Archaic.
of or relating to yesterday.
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Origin of yester

1570–80; back formation from yesterday, etc.

Other definitions for yester (2 of 2)

yester-

a combining form, now unproductive, occurring in words that denote an extent of time one period prior to the present period, the nature of the period being specified by the second element of the compound: yesterweek.

Origin of yester-

Middle English; Old English geostran, giestron; cognate with Dutch gisteren,German gestern; akin to Latin hesternus of yesterday
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WORDS THAT USE YESTER-

What does yester- mean?

Yester– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “prior” or “previous.” It is very occasionally used in a variety of terms, many archaic, to describe time periods.

Yester– comes from Old English geostran, roughly meaning “yesterday.”

Examples of yester-

A common word that features the form yester– is yesterday, “on the day preceding this day.” Yesterday comes from Old English geostran dæg.

The form yester– means “previous,” and the -day part of the word literally means “day,” from Old English dæg. Yesterday literally means “previous day.”

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British Dictionary definitions for yester (1 of 2)

yester
/ (ˈjɛstə) /

adjective
archaic of or relating to yesterdayyester sun Also: yestern (ˈjɛstən)

Word Origin for yester

Old English geostror; related to Old High German gestaron, Gothic gistra, Old Norse ī gǣr

British Dictionary definitions for yester (2 of 2)

yester-

prefix
indicating the day before todayyesterday
indicating a period of time before the present oneyesteryear

Word Origin for yester-

Old English geostran; compare German gestern, Latin hesternus of yesterday
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